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FSM Recap: Lakers vs Nets – Game 43 – 2023

Los Angeles Lakers (21-22)  |  Brooklyn Nets (17-24)


On Friday night at Arena, it was the Lakers vs Nets. After getting off to a hot start, the Lakers fizzled out and got blown out by the Nets 130-112. 


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The Los Angeles Lakers hosted the Brooklyn Nets on Friday night at Arena and were looking to get back over .500 on the season just past the halfway point in the season.

The Lakers came into the game winners of two straight and four of their last six, while the Brooklyn had lost four straight and nine of their last 10. Each of those streaks came to an end as the Lakers had a piss-poor second-half performance to suffer the 130-112 defeat.

The Lakers dropped 68 points in the first half and then followed that up with an abysmal second half performance, scoring just 44 points.

The Lakers big three of LeBron James, Anthony Davis, and D’Angelo Russell had outstanding games. They scored a combined 70 points with 24 rebounds and 19 assists versus the Nets. Jarred Vanderbilt had his best offensive game all season, scoring 12 points with five rebounds off the bench.

Austin Reaves struggled going 4-12 from the field and 0-6 from the 3-point line, finishing with just nine points. The Lakers’ bench also struggled. They managed just 18 points before garbage time with Vanderbilt accounting for most of those and Max Christie the rest. Rui Hachimura and Christian Wood were a combined 0-11 from the field before garbage time as well.


Lakers vs Nets First Quarter:


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Anthony Davis has been in a groove lately and that continued early in this one as he got the Lakers on the board with a jumper and then a dunk. D’Angelo Russell then went to work against his former team with five straight points to give the Lakers an early 11-4 lead.

Russell continued the streak with a layup and a second triple to extend the lead to double digits at 22-11.

Cam Thomas came off the bench and immediately had it going for the Nets though, with 10 straight points to keep them in it. The Lakers closed the quarter well with Russell and Christie connecting from deep to give them a 37-28 lead over the Nets.


Lakers vs Nets 2nd Quarter:


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Former Lakers guard Lonnie Walker IV made his return as a member of the Nets and scored seven quick points to begin the second, although LeBron James responded with back-to-back 3-pointers for L.A.

Walker kept it going from there, having a similar scoring run to Thomas in the first quarter to keep his team in it.

Again, James responded, this time with a pair of and-ones to get the home crowd going. Mikal Bridges finally started getting going offensively to end the half though, cutting the Nets’ deficit to 68-62 going into the locker room.


Lakers vs Nets 3rd Quarter:


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The Lakers were sloppy to begin the third quarter and before they knew it, the Nets took the lead after a triple by Bridges.

A timeout didn’t really do the trick for L.A. as the starters continued to struggle until Austin Reaves finally ended the spell with back-to-back layups. Despite that though, Brooklyn continued to pour it on to take a double-digit lead at 90-80.

Jarred Vanderbilt did his part to get the Lakers back in it with back-to-back triples, but the Lakers still trailed by 10 at 100-90 going into the fourth.


Lakers vs Nets 4th Quarter:


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The Lakers continued to struggle to begin the fourth as James missed a few layups and expressed frustration with the lack of foul calls, picking up a technical.

The Nets continued to pour it on from there as Walker connected from deep again to get their lead up to 18. The Lakers had a lot of makable shots inside but just could not convert. The Nets cruised to victory over the Lakers after their dominant second-half performance.

Talk about the tale of two different halves,” Lakers’ Coach Darvin Ham said. “That first half is what we’re working towards… And then the inconsistency showed up and reared its head in the second half… We have to decide which team we’re gonna be.

It’s over for the excuses,” Ham continued. “We got to play basketball.


The Los Angeles Lakers will be home once again as they take on the Portland Trailblazers on Sunday, January 21st, at 7:00 pm PST. Thank you for visiting for your Las Vegas Sports news.



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